Alex Eckman-Lawn – Art & INTERVIEW
Alex is a cyber friend of ours for now but we connected through his art and my fascination with it. There’s such an amazing mix of analogue and digital collage – you really aren’t sure what it is you are looking at. The almost sculpture-like depth to his pieces are an incredible effect that sometimes allow you to forget you are staring at a screen.
Below is a selection of Alex’s work by Alex accompanied with an interview by me with Alex.
1. Do you listen to music while making your art, and which genres/artists?
I absolutely listen to music while I work! In fact, some of my most productive/happiest moments are when I’m cut off from the world via headphones and it feels like it’s just me, what i’m working on, and whatever sounds are blasting in my head.
I’m mostly listening to metal these days, though I’ve got a real soft spot for 80s juicy-synth jams as well. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Wormrot, old Ash Borer, that Spectral Voice record from last year, also really digging the new Of Feather and Bone. Oh, and I’m a big dork for Run The Jewels, but who isn’t?
2. Is any of your art inspired by any of the music that you listen to?
Absolutely! I do a fair amount of album covers and tshirt designs for bands, and listening to the music of the band I’m working for always helps.
I’m a somewhat depressed person, and I find listening to music is one of few sure fire ways to help me feel like a kid again. That’s maybe a little vague, but just the feeling of getting psyched on a blast beat, or a weird time signature, or just big dumb riffs!!! I don’t know, it’s just the fucking best.
3. Is there one artist / piece / style that had a memorable impact on how you create?
Jeez… not sure if I can choose just one, but I definitely remember the first time I saw Andrew Wyeth’s paintings in person. That changed how I thought about making pictures, for sure. I had a similar experience with Duchamp, specifically Étant donnés which was one of his last pieces ever, you have to peer through this peep hole in a door that reveals this really kind of haunting sculpture of a woman holding a lantern in a field. Describing it really doesn’t do it justice. Anyway, I saw it at the Philly Museum of Art as part of a high school field trip and it fucked me up, haha!
I’m also lucky enough to know a lot of exceptionally talented people that keep me motivated and inspired every single day.
4. What does the best creative session involve for you? Any particular moods / settings / people / habits that help you get in the right mind set to create?
I do a lot of my work in photoshop before I get to the cutting, layering, etc section so I actually try to work pretty much wherever I go. I’m one of those dorks in the coffee shop with my laptop and headphones, getting way to into whatever he’s listening to.
5. Do you procrastinate? Any particular work – evasion habits?
Oh god. yup. I’ve been playing through a bunch of old videogames from the early 90s lately. I actually find they can help me get psyched about making art, but it’s also really easy to lose an hour or two just trying to get good at Revenge of Shinobi. That game rules by the way.